An IXL implementation model for truly personalized learning

October 18, 2017


In the Classroom

Ready to take your IXL experience beyond skills practice? Along with a content library offering thousands of skills, IXL gives you the tools to easily and effectively differentiate learning in your classroom. We’ve put together one implementation model to guide and inspire you to take personalized learning to the next level.







Diagnose your students’ current needs

To identify your students’ current understanding of math, use the IXL Diagnostic, which will pinpoint students’ overall levels, as well as their levels on six individual strands. Even better, these levels stay continuously up to date when students answer just 5 to 10 new questions a week, giving you relevant, actionable data throughout the year. And, as students practice on IXL, that data will also feed into the Diagnostic, so you always have the most accurate picture of their knowledge!

UPDATE: As of May 2018, the IXL Continuous Diagnostic also includes English Language Arts! In addition to the six math strands, the Diagnostic now measures student understanding in four ELA strands. 

Get spot-on recommendations for what to work on

Next, have students visit their Recommendations wall as a bell ringer exercise, station rotation, or post-classwork activity. Here, they’ll find a variety of skills that are selected just for them! Recommendations include skills that the Diagnostic has identified as the next best steps for students to grow, as well as new topics for students to explore, concepts to keep working on, and more (see a list of all the types to the left). This is a great way to encourage student agency and have students take responsibility for what skills to work on next.

Keep tabs on student progress to step in at the right time

Now that your students have practice data on IXL, head to IXL Analytics to see how they’ve been doing. Not only can you monitor student progress, but you can also address trouble spots, dive deep into the specific questions students answered, or display student practice in real time so that you can intervene in the moment.

Do you have any tips on how you use IXL in your classroom?

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All Comments (4)

Kira April 17, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Good morning from Kuwait! When will the IXL Language Diagnostic come out? We are waiting, waiting, waiting for the diagnostic for Language. The Math one is very helpful and we are waiting for the other.



The IXL Team April 18, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Hi Kira–We’re thrilled that you’re enjoying the Continuous Diagnostic! We are actively working on making it available for English language arts in the U.S. edition by this summer.


Hoan-Hao Nguyen October 4, 2018 at 8:49 am

How do I know if students have finished the diagnostic test the first time? How long does it take to complete?


The IXL Team October 4, 2018 at 10:45 am

Hi Hoan-Hao — You’ll know that each student’s diagnostic results are up-to-date when their current learning levels in each strand have been pinpointed. This will take a different amount of time for each student, but if your students are taking both the Math and Language Arts diagnostic, levels should be pinpointed after approximately 120-150 questions. This does not need to be done in one sitting, and the diagnostic is designed to continually updated based on students’ progress. If you have further questions, we’re here to help — please reach out to!


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